Driven Bonkers by Boris Award: The Contenders

Our new PM has spent the week travelling the country spreading optimism and positivity, sadly some lefty politicians and celebrities haven’t been sharing in the good vibes quite as enthusiastically as the public, who’ve already a given Boris a 10% lead over Labour. Rather than nominate just one ‘Driven Bonkers by Boris’ award, Guido has rounded up a few contenders for your enjoyment:

Former Labour leader-turned podcast host, Ed Miliband, wallowed in despair with his co-host on his ironically-named ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ podcast. Apparently Boris becoming PM had depressed him so much he needed a tickle, noting that “the darkest hour is before the dawn”. His co-host jovially rounds it off with “we’re really grasping in the darkness for optimism this week”. 

Notorious Corbynista and self-professed comedian Rob Delaney lost his cool in stating politics is now a “fight or die” battle between “socialism and barbarism”. Delaney appears to think those two are different things…

Baldrick actor Tony Robinson had already pitched with a cunning plan involving pushing Boris over the edge of a cliff. As Blackadder said, “Baldrick, your head is as empty as a eunuch’s underpants.”

Self-described author and “anthro-journalist” Will Black had this to offer. Insightful…

Some more unpleasant Twitter users wanted to “hang Boris” and “shoot Boris”, while one offered to “personally punch him in the dick”.

Minor Harry Potter star Sean Biggerstaff is disturbingly obsessed with the idea of Boris Johnson being guillotined, as well as complaining that no-one has pushed him down the stairs or beaten him to death. Should probably stick to playing with his broomstick rather than Twitter…

If Boris was a left-wing politician there would be outrage, instead celebrities and politicians are happy to just keep stoking the abuse up…

Miliband Squirms When Confronted By Guido’s Air Mile Investigation

Former Labour Leader Ed Miliband (remember him?) squirmed in his seat when challenged over Guido’s air mile investigation which revealed that since December 2017, Ed personally racked up over 19,000 air miles, pumping out over 3.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide. He says “individuals have to do their bit” and he’s sure he “could do more”. Understatement of the year…

Ed Miliband Racks Up Over 19,000 Air Miles Despite Calling for Flight Eco-Crackdown

Ed Miliband was busy evangelising on Today this morning about the need to declare a climate “emergency”, advocating restricting flights and slapping higher taxes on plane tickets. Unfortunately for poor Mother Earth, Ed doesn’t seem to have believed it was enough of an emergency to alter his own travel habits. Since December 2017 Ed has racked up over 19,000 air miles, pumping out over 3.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide:

  • Essaouira, Morocco: over 2,800 miles return
  • Week-long American tour including Boston and Chicago: over 8,000 mile round trip
  • Iceland: 2,360 miles return
  • Malaga: 2,080 miles return
  • Zurich: 978 miles return
  • Vienna: 1,582 miles return
  • Florence: 1,512 miles return

At least Ed has saved some air miles by combining various work trips with family trips, a donor was kind enough to pay for his wife to come along on his Malaga trip, while his kids came along on his US tour and even got treated to free game tickets for his beloved Boston Red Sox. Air Miliband is clearly a classy affair, Ed’s trip to Florence came in at a handsome £1,090 for just one night’s accommodation with returns flights and ‘subsistence’. At least Ed won’t have to worry himself about the taxes going up, it’s just his donors who’ll be taking the hit…

Sources: “Reasons to Be Cheerful” podcast, register of interests.

Miliband Calls For Inquiry Into His Wife’s Client

Local Doncaster MP Ed Miliband has been taking a brave stand against HS2, which is an interesting contrast to the position that Labour Leader Ed Miliband took. He now opposes it so much that last week he pledged to push for “a proper examination and inquiry into how HS2 can have got things so wrong” arguing that “my constituents deserve answers about how they have been so badly let down.”

This is a brave call. An expansive inquiry might well end up looking closely at the work of a certain lawyer who worked extensively on HS2 for the Department for Transport, Ms Justine Thornton QC. Who just so happens to be his wife

Ed Miliband’s Christmas Card

A better than average Christ-less Christmas card from Ed Miliband. 10/10 for self-deprecation. He really is a much better humorist than leader…

Oyez! Oyez!


In all the excitement yesterday we overlooked “International Town Crier’s Day”. Ed Miliband didn’t, he was dressed up in the full regalia. 10/10 for enthusiasm. Remember when he wanted to ban MPs from having outside jobs? He is bringing home the bacon to the tune of £2,500-a-week for his Radio 2 work…

Leveson 2 Defeated, Watson Bottles Section 40 Vote

MPs have voted against Ed Miliband’s Leveson 2 amendment by a majority of nine. And…

Labour have just confirmed to Guido that the Watson amendment will not go to a vote. They didn’t have the numbers and have bottled it. Victory for the free press.

Ed Miliband, Tom Watson, Max Mosley, Impress, Hugh Grant, John Cleese, Brian Leveson, Gary Lineker, Steve Coogan, Evan Harris… your boys took one hell of a beating (well, just)…

Miliband Smears the Free Press Ahead of Tonight’s Vote

On the Today programme this morning, Ed Miliband made the very serious allegation that journalists impersonated medical staff after the Manchester Arena terror attack. Miliband cited Bob Kerslake’s report to claim:

“We had journalists posing as medical staff… it is a minority that’s bringing down the good name of the press, that minority hasn’t changed.”

From listening to Miliband, you’d think that the Kerslake report found evidence of this happening. All the report (PDF) actually contained was three unsubstantiated claims: one from a member of the public who spoke to “someone saying they were a Bereavement Nurse”, another from a member of the public who spoke to someone “they felt sounded to be more like a journalist”, and a third who claimed “TV journalists went to her school and phoned the hospital pretending to be from the police“. The Kerslake report did not find proof that any of this happened, or that any journalist was responsible. Despite Miliband’s assertion to the contrary, no evidence was found that any journalist posed as medical staff after the Manchester Arena attack. The claims were so lacking in substance that Kerslake does not even mention them in his report’s conclusions or recommendations. They would not stand up in a court of law (let alone meet the IPSO guidelines on accuracy). Miliband is peddling fake news to smear the press ahead of the vote tonight…

Guardian Condemns Watson and Miliband’s Anti-Free Press Amendments

Tonight the Commons votes on Tom Watson and Ed Miliband’s amendments declaring war on press freedom. The amendments are a Trump-style assault on the media, outrageously attempting to force publishers to pay both sides’ legal costs even if they win a dispute – a reform that will potentially bankrupt media companies. Watson and Miliband, backed by former fascist Max Mosley and Hacked Off’s press-hating millionaire celebrities and oligarchs, last night lost the support of the Guardian. In an excoriating statement condemning Watson and Miliband, Guardian News and Media warn the amendments “would further erode press freedom and have a severe chilling effect for the news environment in the UK”. They are particularly damning of Watson:

“The inclusion of Condition A has been widely interpreted as ensuring that news organisations structured along the lines of the Guardian and the Observer should be excluded from the scope of the broader clause. This clause was not discussed with Guardian News & Media and we disagree with attempts to impose a selective sanction on the media.”

These amendments are driven by Watson and Miliband’s personal loathing of the free press, rather than any concern for victims of intrusion. Miliband has semi-retired from his £77,000-a-year job as MP for Doncaster North – he seems to spend most of his time making podcasts and he couldn’t be bothered to turn up for the Syria debate last month. Even the Guardian is horrified by this blatant attempt by Watson and Miliband to undermine the free press in Britain. Any MP who votes for their amendments tonight is an enemy of press freedom…

Sore Ed Backs Press Freedom Hating Cranks

When two jobs Ed Miliband isn’t coining it on tour he’s giving interviews to music magazines bashing the free press. The former Labour leader backed press freedom-hating Stop Funding Hate in a totally-not-really bitter interview with NME:

“Look at the Mail’s campaign against Stop Funding Hate, which is people saying to advertisers that they should stop advertising with the Mail and The Sun. They’re worried, because they’re worried about the power of the consumer to go elsewhere. They’re worried about non-traditional media. I think that is a good thing. But don’t underestimate these people. Never underestimate them. These are grim, grim people. They are absolutely ruthless in pursuing their agenda. They will try to monster their opponents, whoever they are. And they have no ethics. Jeremy was able to say in his conference speech, ‘They had 14 pages about me being a terrorist – they’ll have to have 28 next time.’ In a way, that called their bluff. But they do seep into the bloodstream. Their power is waning, but it hasn’t ended.”

Because Ed never courted the press.

It clearly still hurts…

Two Jobs Ed

2015: Labour leader Ed Miliband pledges to ban MPs from having second jobs: “We’ve got to remove any suspicion that MPs are working not for their constituents’ interests but for someone else’s interests.

2018: Backbencher Ed Miliband announces a national live tour of his Reasons to be Cheerful podcast in various cities across the country, selling out London’s 400 seat Leicester Square Theatre later this month with tickets at £15 a pop.

What changed his mind? Ed certainly has a few thousand reasons to be cheerful…

Lefty Darling Aung San Suu Kyi Opened Labour HQ

Labour’s Rushanara Ali has written to the Foreign Secretary defending Aung San Suu Kyi amid the violence in Burma. Suu Kyi is a darling of the British left, she was given the red carpet treatment by Labour when she opened the party’s then London HQ five years ago. The longtime Burmese opposition leader, who is now the de facto ruler of the country, is the subject of growing international condemnation over the army’s brutal treatment of minority Rohingya Muslims. A petition signed by 350,000 people called for her Nobel Peace Prize to be withdrawn. Boris Johnson says the Rohingya crisis was “besmirching” the country’s reputation… 

Before her fall from grace, Suu Kyi addressed dozens of Labour staff when she officially opened the party’s Brewer’s Green building in 2012. The love-in was gushing – Suu Kyi even mused on bringing Labour’s office “back to Burma”:

“In the end it is people who are most important, not buildings, although this is a beautiful building and I would not mind taking it back to Burma with me… the fact that you are here and have welcomed us so warmly and with genuine enthusiasm for the cause in which we have been engaged for so many decades, this is very special to me,”

Then leader Ed Miliband lavished praise on Suu Kyi, declaring her Labour’s “leader in this struggle”:

“I can think of no better person than the most famous leader of the opposition in the world, if I may say so – and the most distinguished, and the most courageous and the most brave – to open our offices. We have admired from afar, and we have supported your struggles over the past many years. We have seen the courage you have shown, we have seen the fortitude that you have displayed and we are absolutely with you in the fight for … the transition to a full democracy. We are with you every step of the way. You will be our leader in this struggle.”

Suu Kyi also addressed a meeting of the Shadow Cabinet. Given Jez’s open-door policy for dodgy visitors she’ll probably be invited back…

Jeremy Vine Worth Four Ed Milibands

The licence fee payer shelled out a mere £2,500 to listen to Ed Miliband evaluate toilet flushes when he sat in for Jeremy Vine on Radio 2, the Register of Members’ Interests reveals. That means Miliband bagged £500 for two hours work a day, which, to be fair, is an enormous discount on Vine’s reputed £10,000-a-week for the radio show. Vine is therefore worth four Milibands*…

Iain Duncan Smith, who took over the show the following week, is yet to declare any payment. Was he free?

*Didn’t Ed Miliband used to say he wanted to ban MPs from taking second jobs?

Milibands in Communication Breakdown


Double-jobbing Ed Miliband’s peak hypocritical stint as a radio presenter is finally drawing to a close. For the big set-piece on today’s show he managed to secure the time of his own brother David, who joined listeners live from New York. As with many a media moment Ed has been involved in, it all went wrong fairly quickly. The line kept dropping and David had to resort to a phone rather than broadcast quality connection. Ed finally cut the interview short, declaring “I’ll see you very soon“. Christmas if you’re lucky…

Ed Miliband’s Death Metal Roar

The same Ed Miliband who preached that MPs shouldn’t take second jobs – “we’ve got to remove any suspicion that MPs are working not for their constituents’ interests but for someone else’s interests” – is today doing death metal impressions on national radio. Ed is still the MP for Doncaster North. Rather than represent his constituents Ed has spent another day as parliament’s answer to Alan Partridge…

Ed Miliband: “Tell Us About Your Toilet”

In an alternative universe Prime Minister Ed Miliband is settling into his third year in office. Instead he’s talking to old ladies about their toilets on Radio 2. Oh Ed… where did it all go wrong?

Labour Repeatedly Tried to Do Deals With the DUP

Labour have boarded the outrage bus over the Tories doing a deal with the “bigots and terrorist-sympathisers” in the DUP. They have some nerve…

In 2010 Labour tried to do a deal with the DUP. Gordon Brown wrote a letter to the DUP leader trying to buy his support. The then Northern Ireland Secretary Shawn Woodward worked on an “economic package” to secure DUP support. This morning Alastair Campbell said a deal with the DUP could undermine the peace process. On May 7, 2010, Campbell sat in a meeting where a Labour-DUP deal was proposed. Glorious hypocrisy from Bad Al…

Ed Miliband last night blasted the Tory-DUP deal as a “coalition of chaos”. Yvette Cooper this morning says it is “troubling“. Owen Jones says: “If Labour had ever done a deal with the DUP I would have been out there protesting it”. According to the DUP’s Ian Paisley Jr, Miliband’s Labour also tried to do a deal with the DUP in 2015:

Don’t buy the rank hypocrisy of Labour’s faux outrage this morning…

H/T @wallaceme

UPDATE: Caroline Flint slaps down Yvette Cooper over her hypocrisy:

Lone Beast Sighted in Bolsover

Dennis Skinner is under strong threat from Helen Harrison in Bolsover. Labour are not exactly throwing resources into saving the old dinosaur’s skin. Here is the Beast of Bolsover pictured campaigning alone…

Elsewhere in Doncaster Ed Miliband was pictured having breakfast alone in Greggs this morning.

Sad socialists….

Ed Uses the L-Word

Ed Miliband goes studs in on Theresa May:

“When PM says “nothing has changed” she is lying. If she lies about this what else?”

Mail Goes Easy On May’s Red Toryism

Before the general election when Ed Miliband proposed fixing energy prices the Mail was scathing, branding it a return to the bad old days of 70s socialism from “Red Ed”. Today the Mail welcomes Theresa May’s return to the bad old days of price controls from the Red Tories…

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